A Room By Any Other Name
October 31, 2007 10:13 AM   Subscribe

I need 9 names.

My company is re-naming it's 9 conference rooms and I need to come up with something ridiculously clever to submit. Currently they are named after various districts in Seattle (Ballard, Capitol Hill, etc.), but everyone is hoping to step away from...how shall I say this delicately...titles that are stupid. Someone already tried suggesting the planets as a theme, to which everyone booed and someone threw a whiteboard pen (this is a tough crowd). Bonus points if the theme has to do with the internet or something in PacNW. Negative points if it's hard to spell and will confuse clients (e.g. Willamette, Snoqualmie, Feierabend, etc.). Currently running favorite is "famous robots" (C3PO, HAL, Bender), but I think we can do better!

Seriously people, eternal glory and bragging rights are on the line here!
posted by Smarson to Society & Culture (157 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Doc
Sleepy
Dopey
Bashful
Grumpy
Happy
Sneezy
Snow White
Prince Charming
posted by briank at 10:15 AM on October 31, 2007


Argh! Briank beat me to it!
posted by jujube at 10:15 AM on October 31, 2007


Throw
Catch
First
Second
Short
Third
Left
Center
Right
posted by grateful at 10:16 AM on October 31, 2007


Wadsworth
Miss Scarlet
Professor Plum
Mrs. White
Mr. Green
Mrs. Peacock
Colonel Mustard
posted by spec80 at 10:18 AM on October 31, 2007


briank - Nice. Someone already got jumped in the bathroom for suggesting a Disney them though.

grateful - Sports is good. I'm writing that one down.
posted by Smarson at 10:18 AM on October 31, 2007


oh crap 9 um Mr Boddy and Ivette?
posted by spec80 at 10:19 AM on October 31, 2007


Dammit brian you're fast. How about
225.225.225.0
192.168.1.100
192.168.1.101
etc?

Or something silly: ethernet, subnet, internet,

Or some protocols: TCI/IP, IPv2, FTP, SSH, TELNET, etc?

Or famous internet worms, or lolcats.

Would be badass to be at a conference and see:
"Effective dieting strategies for high-risk patients" 10:30-11:30, "I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER ROOM".
posted by TomMelee at 10:19 AM on October 31, 2007 [7 favorites]


Along grateful's idea, but make it specific to the Mariners

Hernandez
Johjima
Sexson
Lopez
Betancourt
Beltre
Ibanez
Ichiro
Whoever plays right these days

Downside is many people might not recognize the names, and they are subject to change daily.
posted by andifsohow at 10:20 AM on October 31, 2007


TomMelee - Lolcats....that just might be crazy enough to work!

andifsohow - Ya, have to keep in mind that these names could be around for a decade....
posted by Smarson at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2007


OK, these are a little tricky to spell, but some will be familiar, and they're very nice. Will also show that your company has a little breadth and depth of vision (not sticking to "Seattle area" and "internet" as themes). The muses are also associated with inspiration, which is a nice hopeful note for conference rooms.

Here's a simple list of the nine muses

from Wikipedia:

The canonical nine Muses, with their fields of patronage, as established since the Renaissance, are:

* Calliope (the "beautiful of speech", chief of the muses and muse of epic or heroic poetry)
* Clio (the "glorious one", muse of history)
* Erato (the "amorous one", muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs)
* Euterpe (the "well-pleasing", muse of music and lyric poetry)
* Melpomene (the "chanting one", muse of tragedy)
* Polyhymnia or Polymnia (the "[singer] of many hymns", muse of sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing and rhetoric)
* Terpsichore (the "[one who] delights in dance", muse of choral song and dance)
* Thalia (the "blossoming one", muse of comedy and bucolic poetry)
* Urania (the "celestial one", muse of astronomy)
posted by amtho at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Ostrich, Emu, Rhea, Penguin, Kiwi, Takahe, Cassowary, Moa, Teal.
posted by monkeymadness at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2007


Won
To
Free
Fore
Hive
Seeks
Evan
Ate
Nein
posted by true at 10:23 AM on October 31, 2007 [6 favorites]


Truth, beauty, strange, charm, up, down, top, bottom...? Damn.
posted by clavicle at 10:24 AM on October 31, 2007


The nine Muses:

Calliope
Clio
Erato
Euterpe
Melpomene
Polyhymnia
Terpsichore
Thalia
Urania
posted by vacapinta at 10:24 AM on October 31, 2007


Hood
Adams
Rainier
Baker
Jefferson
Sisters
St. Helens
Shasta
Bachelor
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:24 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


PacNW? I hope that one room is called the Sasquatch Room.
posted by ian1977 at 10:24 AM on October 31, 2007


Riffing on spec80's idea:

The Kitchen
The Dining Room
The Lounge
The Hall
The Study
The Library
The Billiard Room
The Conservatory
The Ballroom
posted by bonehead at 10:25 AM on October 31, 2007 [8 favorites]


Steve C. Den Beste - Not bad. A little on the tame side though.
posted by Smarson at 10:26 AM on October 31, 2007


At work, there are conference rooms named after toys, like Hotwheels, Lego etc. Of course, they actually have those toys in the room which makes for more interesting meetings. (Well, if the toys stop getting lost that is...)
posted by idiotfactory at 10:26 AM on October 31, 2007


How about domains types:How about domains types:

.com
.net
.info
.org
.biz
.tv
.gov
.mil
.us
.eu
.mobi
posted by iam2bz2p at 10:27 AM on October 31, 2007


What about famous Seattle bands?

Nirvana
Soundgarden
Pearl Jam
Hendrix
etc.
posted by fandango_matt at 10:28 AM on October 31, 2007


Eagle, kite, falcon, owl, harrier, hawk, buzzard, vulture ... oh crap, wikipedia only lists eight types ... errm, osprey? Not PacNW or internet related, but cool-sounding (with the possible exception of buzzard).
posted by thoughtless at 10:29 AM on October 31, 2007


Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey, Pastrami, Salami, Corned Beef, Chicken Salad, Italian Sausage, Tuna
posted by monkeymadness at 10:30 AM on October 31, 2007


How about some variant on the 9 books of the Nine Unknown Men (propaganda, alchemy, communication, physiology, microbiology, gravitation, cosmology, light & sociology)

or

no star-trek fan me but I'm liking the simple geekiness of 1 of 9, 2 of 9 etc.
posted by handybitesize at 10:30 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Mario
Luigi
Yoshi
Peach
Toad
Bowser
Wario
Waluigi
Donkey Kong
posted by fallenposters at 10:30 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Dot Com
Dot Org
Dot Biz
Dot Gov
Dot XXX
Dot Edu
Dot Mil
Dot Net
Dot Pro
posted by ian1977 at 10:31 AM on October 31, 2007


Carol
Mike
Greg
Peter
Bobby
Marsha
Jan
Cindy
Alice
posted by bondcliff at 10:32 AM on October 31, 2007 [8 favorites]


1. The One With The Good View So We Can Daydream
2. The One That's Always Too Warm
3. The One That's Always Too Cold
4. The One With The Nicer Chairs
5. The One That Smells A Little Like Poo
6. The One Where They Fire People
7. The One That's Good For Napping
8. The Super Nice One That's Always Booked
9. THE VORTEX
posted by brain cloud at 10:33 AM on October 31, 2007 [26 favorites]


Michael
Jim
Pam
Dwight
Angela
Oscar
Kevin
Stanley
Creed
posted by fallenposters at 10:33 AM on October 31, 2007 [7 favorites]


pumpkin spice latte
mocha frappaccino
soy chai
double shot espresso
etc etc

Yeah, drinks from Starbucks. I had to go there.
posted by iconomy at 10:33 AM on October 31, 2007


Starbucks

Venti Latte
Grande Americano
Frapucinno
Tall Italiano


...etc
posted by ian1977 at 10:33 AM on October 31, 2007


Coke, ian1977! Or venti grande americano ;P
posted by iconomy at 10:34 AM on October 31, 2007


jinx iconomy
posted by ian1977 at 10:35 AM on October 31, 2007


Who
Who's Wife
What
I Don't Know
Why
Because
Tomorrow
Today
I Don't Give a Darn.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:35 AM on October 31, 2007


double jinx, or coke
posted by ian1977 at 10:35 AM on October 31, 2007


Bluetooth, Beowulf, Ada, ...
i.e. historical/literary terms co-opted for computing
posted by monkeymadness at 10:35 AM on October 31, 2007


How about different names for bigfoot?

Bigfoot
Sasquatch
Arulataq (Alaska)
Grassman (Ohio)
Momo (Missouri)
Oh-mah (California)
Old Yellow Top (Ontario)
Skunk Ape (Florida)
Windigo (Quebec)
Woods Devil (New Hampshire)
Nuk-luk, Nakani (North West Territories)
Bushman

Or other bigfoot-like figures from around the world:

Yowie (Australia)
Mapinguary (Brazil)
Maricoxi (South America)
Yeti (the Himalayas)
Almas (Kazakhstan)
Chemosit (Africa)
Chuchunna (Siberia)
Hibagon (Japan)
Nquoi rung (Vietnam)

See this page.
posted by otolith at 10:36 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
posted by box at 10:37 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


"We're meeting in the Half double-decaffeinated half-caff room."
Awesome.

What about the original cast of SNL?
Aykroyd
Belushi
Chase
Curtin
Morris
Newman
Radner
Coe
O'Donoghue
posted by monkeymadness at 10:38 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Choose nine:
Dog
Calico
Silver
Red
Cherry
Chinook
Chum
Coho
Pink
Sockeye
Steelhead
King
Tyee
Spring
Quinnat
Tule
Blackmouth
(they're types of salmon)
posted by MrMoonPie at 10:39 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Not ridiculously clever but how about a name for each ending in "room", could be clever depending on your company:
Boom Boom
Panic
Boiler
Elbow
Powder
Wreck
Chat
Champagne
Dark
and so on....
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 10:40 AM on October 31, 2007 [13 favorites]


Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet, White, Black (lends itself well to decor themes)

Canada, Mexico, Japan, Spain, France, Peru, Australia, Kenya, China (sub any of your favorite countries)

Architect, Banker, Caddy, Detective, Editor, Farmer, Gardener, Historian, Inventor

Tequila, Vodka, Scotch, Bourbon, Sake, Gin, Rum, Port, Absinthe (do you want a Champagne room?)
posted by vytae at 10:41 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Millenium Falcon
Enterprise
Discovery One
Rama
Planet Express Ship
Heart of Gold
Galactica
Serenity
Moya

Fictional spaceships from Star Wars, Star Trek, 2001, Rendezvous with Rama, Futurama, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Farscape, respectively. If any are too obscure, replacements can be found here and here.
posted by erikgrande at 10:42 AM on October 31, 2007


internet memes from times past

Admiral Ackbar Suite- Its a trap!
Yatta Room
Dancing Baby Room

umm....and 6 others.
posted by ian1977 at 10:43 AM on October 31, 2007


Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm, Muon, Tau, Electron
posted by breaks the guidelines? at 10:43 AM on October 31, 2007


Wizard
Fighter
Thief
Ranger
Paladin
Cleric
Druid
Dungeon Master
Virgin
posted by ian1977 at 10:45 AM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


Execution methods: Gallows, Gas Chamber, Electric Chair, Guillotine, Firing Line, etc

I don't think 9 names could ever get used. If they are on different floors - give them names that have directions or some meaning, so you can actually find them: 24-North, 23-South, 24-2nd Ave Side, 25-Big Conference Room. When some executives took the conference rooms as offices, they tried naming what the new conference rooms as mountains, lakes and rivers (Baker, Snoqualmie, Columbia, etc) but people could only remember the names that gave them directions.
posted by milkrate at 10:45 AM on October 31, 2007


Lynx
Mosaic
Navigator
Explorer
Opera
Safari
Firefox
Camino
Songbird
posted by box at 10:46 AM on October 31, 2007


Kirk
Spock
McCoy
Uhura
Sulu
Scotty
Chekov
Rand
Chapel
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 10:46 AM on October 31, 2007


! @ # $ % ^ & * (
posted by monkeymadness at 10:47 AM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


Death
Destruction
Dream
Despair
Desire
Destiny
Delirium
Delight

And . . . um . . .

Deliciousness?
Damn.
posted by Skot at 10:47 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Magneto
Professor X
Juggernaut
Rogue
Wolverine
Jean Gray
Cyclops
Mystique
Storm
posted by fandango_matt at 10:48 AM on October 31, 2007


skot - De Agony
posted by ian1977 at 10:48 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Might be too tame, but how about the greek alphabet?

alpha
beta
gamma
delta
epsilon
zeta
eta
theta
iota

(had the added benefit that, if for some reason, new rooms are added, you can just keep going with these...)
posted by cgg at 10:50 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


cs_militia
cs_office
de_dust
de_aztec
as_oilrig
de_cbble
de_inferno
de_prodigy
de_villa
posted by bondcliff at 10:50 AM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


Brujah
Gangrel
Malkavian
Nosferatu
Toreador
Tremere
Ventrue
Lasombra
Tzimisce
posted by jozxyqk at 10:52 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Niles, Martin, Frasier, Daphne, Roz, Eddie, Maris, Bulldog, Bebe.
Ok, lame. I'm sure you're all huge fans of the show and watch it 24/7 up there, right? Like Designing Women in Atlanta. I swear it's on 4 times a day there.
posted by monkeymadness at 10:52 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Up Up
Down Down
Left Right (1)
Left Right (2)
B
A
Select
Start
30 Lives
posted by otolith at 10:52 AM on October 31, 2007


Boardwalk
Park Place
Short Line
Marvin Gardens
Chance
Luxury Tax
Community Chest
Free Parking
GO
posted by junkbox at 10:54 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Justice League/Superfriends:

Superman
Batman
Robin
Wonder Woman
Aquaman
The Flash
Green Lantern
Hawkman
The Wonder Twins
posted by batcrazy at 10:56 AM on October 31, 2007


Dexterity
Intelligence
Wisdom
Constitution
Charisma
Strength
Hit Points
Encumberance
posted by ian1977 at 10:57 AM on October 31, 2007


d4
d6
d8
d12
d20
d30
2d6
2d8
THAC0
posted by ian1977 at 10:58 AM on October 31, 2007


top 9 Shakespeare villains:

Iago
Richard (III)
(Lady) Macbeth
Cornwall
Aaron (the Moor)
Edmund
Cassius
Goneril
Regan

(also: Claudio, Angelo, Bertram; Caliban and Shylock I always felt pity toward, and I don't think they work quite as well)
posted by luriete at 11:00 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Needle
Hendrix
Market
Soundgarden
Troll
Herbfarm
Mermaid
Runway
Big Fucking Annoying Traffic Inducing Lake
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:01 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


The 9 Circles of Dantean Hell:
The Virtuous Pagans
The Lustful
The Gluttonous
The Prodigal
The Wrathful and Sullen
The Heretical
The Violent
The Fraudulent
The Traitorous

Alternately, the nine lyric poets of Ancient Greece:
Sappho
Alcaeus
Anacreon
Simonides
Pindar
Bacchylides
Alcman
Stesichorus
Ibycus
posted by Iridic at 11:01 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, U-God, Masta Killa, Raekwon

orrrr... the nine circles of Hell. (on preview, looks like I've been beaten to it)

I know I'll think of more after I post this.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:02 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


missionary
doggy
spoon
reverse cowboy
69
L7
lotus
piledriver
greek
posted by mds35 at 11:05 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Batman Villains!

Joker
Catwoman
Riddler
Penguin
Bane
Scarecrow
Two-Face
Poison Ivy
Clayface
posted by Hugh2d2 at 11:05 AM on October 31, 2007


End
v
PgDn
<> 5
>
Home
^
PgUp
posted by dogsbody at 11:06 AM on October 31, 2007


Bondarenko
Komarov
Volkov
Grissom
Scobee
Onizuka
Husband
Chawla
Clark
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 11:07 AM on October 31, 2007


in the vein of mds35

Hot Carl
Stanley Steamer
Rusty Trombone
Rear Admiral
Donkey Punch
Birthday Party (milk, lemonade and brownies)
Chuck Berry

and 2 more.
posted by ian1977 at 11:08 AM on October 31, 2007


I hope you share this thread with the whiteboard marker wielding maniacs you work with.

The Sweet Ninja Flip Out and Kill People Training Arena
The Zombie Voodoo Lounge
The Viking Looting Party and Banquet Room
The Happy Monkey Poo-Flinging Area
The Pirate Gangplank and Below-Deck After Hours Disco
The Evil Mad Crazy Scientist Laboratory
The Crash Test Dummies Proving Grounds
The LOLCat Photo-Op Room Full of Props, Boxes and Blankets
The Ceiling Cat Masturbation Room
posted by iconomy at 11:08 AM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


The Green Room
The Grey Room
The Blue Room
The White Room
The Asshat Room
The Pancake Room
The Room for Bunnies
The Sock Puppet Room
The Projects
posted by enfa at 11:09 AM on October 31, 2007


So..... How much do you want to geek out? This much?

Frodo
Sam(wise)
Merry (Meriadoc)
Pippin (Peregrin)
Gimli
Legolas
Aragorn
Boromir
Gandalf

Yeah, I thought not.
posted by The Bellman at 11:17 AM on October 31, 2007


:)
:(
:P
;)
:D
:/
:|
:O
:X

Just kidding, that sounds like a horrible idea.

If this is was my project it would be:
Stout
Porter
Pilsner
Lager
Ale
Amber
Oktoberfest
IPA
Hefeweisen
posted by baphomet at 11:17 AM on October 31, 2007


Constitution
Galaxy
Excelsior
Intrepid
Defiant
Ambassador
Sovereign
Miranda
Soyuz
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 11:20 AM on October 31, 2007


Sun + 8 planets

First 8 chemical elements

Alice, Bob, Carol, David, Eve...
posted by cmiller at 11:20 AM on October 31, 2007


Matrix
Hackers
Sneakers
Swordfish
Tron
WarGames
The Net
AntiTrust
Goldeneye
posted by enfa at 11:21 AM on October 31, 2007


Haida
Klamath
Achomawi
Cowichan
Hesquiat
Yurok
Nootka
Shasta
Skokomish

--Pacific NW tribes. More here.
posted by LionIndex at 11:21 AM on October 31, 2007


Rain
Sleet
Shower
Mist
Snow
Hail
Sprinkle
Fog
Drizzle
posted by Jeff Howard at 11:22 AM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


Bigfoot
Nessie
Yeti
Dracula
Kraken
Frankenstein
Abominable Snowman
Wolfman
Mummy
Elvira
posted by mr. remy at 11:22 AM on October 31, 2007


Gomez
Itt
Morticia
Pugsley
Wednesday
Pubert
Fester
Thing
Lurch
posted by mr. remy at 11:23 AM on October 31, 2007


Is your company specifically internet-related, or do you serve a particular market? I'm at a company that does crop genetics and all our buildings are named after scientists from that field, i.e. Darwin, Mendel, Carver, etc
posted by mikeh at 11:23 AM on October 31, 2007


Do like foreman does, and name them all george.
posted by jenkinsEar at 11:26 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Sasquatch
Chupacabra
Drop Bear
Jackalope
Kraken
Wendigo
Yeti
Morag
Leviathan

---

War
Situation
News
Clean
Panic
(um, four more)
posted by heeeraldo at 11:27 AM on October 31, 2007


"Purple Haze"
"Manic Depression"
"Fire"
"Foxey Lady"
"Hey Joe"
"The Wind Cries Mary"
"Little Wing"
"Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
"Crosstown Traffic"
posted by grateful at 11:29 AM on October 31, 2007


You guys are geniuses.
posted by Smarson at 11:30 AM on October 31, 2007


... Of One's Own
... With A View
Giovanni's ...
Other Voice, Other ...
Jacob's ...
Marvin's ...
In the Boom Boom ...
posted by mr. remy at 11:31 AM on October 31, 2007


The Cotton Club
Copacabana
Stork Club
El Morocco
Casblanca
Studio 54
Whisky a Gogo
Camden Palace
posted by mr. remy at 11:34 AM on October 31, 2007


Gluttony
Greed
Wrath
Sloth
Murder
Lust
Pride
Envy
Typing in all caps
posted by fidelity at 11:37 AM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


How about famous Seahawks and Mariners?

Franco Harris
Steve Largent
Carl Eller
Warren Moon
Mike McCormack
Edgar Martinez
Lou Piniella
Jay Buhner
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Randy Johnson
posted by mr. remy at 11:38 AM on October 31, 2007


What about the various pre-release codenames from the tech industry?

Longhorn - Windows Vista
Dapper - Ubuntu 6.06
Sonoma - Intel Centrino v2
etc.

With a bit of research you could even fit them to your niche and clientele - ie all not-MS or totally MS, or Linux or whatever.
posted by DarlingBri at 11:47 AM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


707, 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787
posted by casarkos at 11:50 AM on October 31, 2007


If sci-fi robots are in the lead, what about sci-fi planets?

Altair IV
Arrakis
Caprica
Cybertron
Krypton
Tatooine (or the Death Star)
Vulcan
Zebes
The generic "Planet X"

etc

Or something from franchises I'm not familiar with at all, like Dr Who or Hitchhiker's Guide. I'm assuming these aren't too hard to spell or confusing. Depends how nerdy your clients are, I suppose.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:52 AM on October 31, 2007


09
F9
11
02
9D
74
E3
5B
D8 ...
posted by lohmannn at 11:52 AM on October 31, 2007


5, 405, 99, 599, 509, 167, 520, 90, 18
posted by LionIndex at 11:52 AM on October 31, 2007


If Franco Harris is considered a famous Seahawk, that might be a sign that using famous Seahawks isn't a good idea.
posted by box at 11:54 AM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Dijkstra
Knuth
Thompson
Kernighan
Ritchie
etc.

or

Asimov
Bujold
Card
LeGuin
Heinlein
Niven
Pournelle
Robinson
Zelazny
etc.
posted by Bruce H. at 12:04 PM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh! Zelazny! You could go all obscure on people!

Benedict
Eric
Caine
Bleys
Brand
Julian
GĂ©rard
Random
Corwin

(The Nine Princes in Amber . . .)
posted by The Bellman at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2007 [3 favorites]


I was thinking regular ol' planets because who doesn't want to meet in Uranus?

(Someone had to make that joke.)

At my last company, they used "genius" names like Da Vinci. Probably not the most creative idea.

How about 90210 characters: Brandon, Brenda, Kelly, Donna, Steve, etc.

Or dances: Cha-Cha, Lambada, Hustle, Waltz...
posted by faunafrailty at 12:14 PM on October 31, 2007


Hudson
Gorman
Vasquez
Apone
Drake
Frost
Ferro
Spunkmeyer
Dietrich
posted by GriffX at 12:15 PM on October 31, 2007




I say go with totally unrelated famous names. Example:

The Nelson Mandela Room
The Tom Cruise Room
The Warren Buffet Room
The Thomas Edison Room
The Bob Saget Room
The Lemony Snicket Room
The Georgia O'Keefe Room
The Neil Sedaka Room
The Lou Diamond Phillips Room

Watch visitors puzzle over how the hell they all relate to each other and your company.

Or you could go with inappropriate sentence-making names:

Bed
My Pants
Your Pants
Between the Sheets
Your Mom
Your Sister
Your Butt
um...and so on.

Example: "Hey, do you have a moment to talk with me in My Pants?" "It'll have to wait until later, I have a meeting in Your Mom."
posted by lampoil at 12:18 PM on October 31, 2007 [9 favorites]


pick your favorite 9:

Shangri-La
Xanadu
Timbuktu
Utopia
Arden
El Dorado
Atlantis
Camelot
Troy
Lilliput
Oz
Neverland
posted by thinkingwoman at 12:19 PM on October 31, 2007


Might offend some:
Zeus
Krishna
Laozi
Buddha
Moses
Jesus
Muhammad
Moroni
Hubbard
posted by tr45vbyt at 12:20 PM on October 31, 2007


Right view
Right intention
Right speech
Right action
Right livelihood
Right effort
Right mindfulness
Right concentration
Enlightenment (or Nirvana)
posted by tr45vbyt at 12:24 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Gemini
Mercury
Vostok
Soyuz
Apollo
um...

shut...tle?

okay, not enough.

Pathfinder
Enterprise
Columbia
Challenger
Atlantis
Discovery
Endeavor....

damn.

Well, I like those ideas, so you're going to have to close some rooms.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 12:24 PM on October 31, 2007


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posted by Reggie Digest at 12:25 PM on October 31, 2007


If the conference rooms are mainly used for clients you might try something that leaves them with a not to subtle subliminial message. e.g.:
Honesty
Integrity
Intelligence
Devotion
etc.
posted by tr45vbyt at 12:27 PM on October 31, 2007


Cute names for conference rooms are pretty annoying, but if you must name them, imagine the offices as a continent, and name them Paris, Prague, London, Bangkok, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon, Dublin, Athens,etc., using some geographic sensibility so that Moscow is north and Barcelona is southwest. Keep in mind that you'll be saying "The meeting's in ___"
posted by theora55 at 12:27 PM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


You could also do Astronaut Group 1, and then steal two more from Group 2, or just use Group 2, which was 9 people.

Group 1:

Carpenter
Cooper
Glenn
Grissom
Schirra
Shepard
Slayton

Group 2:

Armstrong
Borman
Conrad
Lovell
McDivitt
See
Stafford
White
Young
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 12:28 PM on October 31, 2007


Should have been subliminal message.
posted by tr45vbyt at 12:28 PM on October 31, 2007


Netherlands
Argentina
Mexico
Ecuador
Mozambique
Yemen
Canada
Australia
Thailand
posted by Reggie Digest at 12:33 PM on October 31, 2007 [4 favorites]


Explorers, and you get cool alphabetical too.. except for F and I Anyone got a good one for those?

Armstrong
Byrd
Cook
Drake
Ericson
?
Gagarin
Hillary (or Hudson)
?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 12:35 PM on October 31, 2007


Cheese
Pepperoni
Mushroom
Sausage
Olive
Anchovy
Beef
Green Pepper
Onion

You can't go wrong naming things after pizza toppings.
posted by paulsc at 12:37 PM on October 31, 2007


Neon
Argon
Mercury
Einsteinium
Magnesium
Yttrium
Carbon
Aluminum
Tin
posted by Reggie Digest at 12:42 PM on October 31, 2007


PLEASE will you post a follow-up and tell us what y'all chose!
posted by mccxxiii at 12:44 PM on October 31, 2007


Ruy Lopez
French
Sicilian
Caro-Kann
Queen's Gambit
King's Gambit
English
King's Indian
Dutch
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 12:45 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


How 'bout breweries?

Red Hook (or Ballard Bitter to go old-school)
Pike
Elysian
Manny's
Hale's
Rogue
Pyramid
Deschutes
Big Time
posted by pdb at 12:47 PM on October 31, 2007


Hold up, planetary and Disney themes are met with ridicule and projectiles and you're going to submit a monopoly theme? Sounds like something this crowd might actually tar and feather you for.
posted by baphomet at 12:50 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


baphomet - Good point. Although Monopoly pieces might actually be pretty freaking hilarious.

"Is our 2 o'clock in the thimble or the scotty dog?"
posted by Smarson at 12:54 PM on October 31, 2007


What about failed DotComs from the first boom?

eToys
Flooz
Kozmo
Pets.com
Webvan
DigiScents
etc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot-com_company
posted by chrismetcalf at 12:59 PM on October 31, 2007


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$
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^
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posted by prophetsearcher at 1:10 PM on October 31, 2007


How about companies that contribute to the leading causes of death (or the product that contributes) - you could see if anyone ever figures it out:
McDonald's (French Fries) - Heart Disease
Phillip Morris (Cigarettes) - Cancer
Frito Lay (Potato Chips) - Stroke
R.J. Reynolds (Second Hand Smoke ) - COLD
General Motors (Automobiles) - Accidents
Nestle (Processed Food) - Diabetes
CBS (Television or perhaps All the above) - Alzheimer's
Greenpeace (Not Enough Global Warming) - Influenza
Pfizer (Pharmaceuticals) - Nephritis
posted by tr45vbyt at 1:11 PM on October 31, 2007


ORLY
Series of Tubes
Hamsterdance
All Your Base
Star Wars Kid
Yatta
Dancing Baby
lolcat
Numa Numa Guy
Chuck Norris

disclaimer: I abhor memes, and don't follow them. I found ten so you can eliminate one that doesn't work.
posted by prophetsearcher at 1:19 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


The Simpsons is always a classic.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 1:20 PM on October 31, 2007


Sesame Street: (used to be the name of our servers)
Bert
Big Bird
Cookie Monster
The Count
Elmo
Ernie
Grover
Oscar
Snuffleupagus (or Snuffy)
etc...

Peanuts:
Charlie Brown
Snoopy
Linus
Lucy
Woodstock
Marcie
Peppermint Patty
Schroeder
Pig-Pen
etc...


Let us know what you decide.
posted by Kupo? at 1:27 PM on October 31, 2007


Atelier
Broomcloset
Crypt
Den
ER
Foyer
Gallery
Hideyhole
ICU
posted by rob511 at 1:29 PM on October 31, 2007


Metroid Baby beat me to the Wu, but there's always the Mega Man 2 villains:

Metal Man
Air Man
Heat Man
Crash Man
Flash Man
Wood Man
Bubble Man
Quick Man
Dr. Wily
posted by ignignokt at 1:36 PM on October 31, 2007


Dr Seuss Characters:

The Cat in the Hat
Ruffle-Necked Sala-ma-goox
Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs
Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka-Schnopp
Jake the Pillow Snake
Mop-Noodled Finch
Moth-Watching Sneth
Plain-Belly Sneetch
Sir Alaric, keeper of the King's Records

or


b room
leg room
mush room
g room
head room
rest room
wash room
tap room
vroom vroom v room
posted by iconomy at 1:39 PM on October 31, 2007


sodo
pioneer square
pike place
the ID
first hill
cascade
green lake
fremont
belltown
posted by cusecase at 1:40 PM on October 31, 2007


Pierce
McIntyre
Burns
Houlihan
Blake
Mulcahy
O'Reilly
Klinger
Honnicut
Potter
Winchester

(That's eleven, so you can pick two to leave out.)
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 1:43 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


** hides face in shame **
posted by cusecase at 1:43 PM on October 31, 2007


Too much fun...

Sci-Fi Movie Heroes:
Luke Skywalker
Neo
Ripley
Frodo
John Connor
Marty McFly
Rick Deckard
V
Indiana Jones
etc...
posted by Kupo? at 1:46 PM on October 31, 2007


How about prisons (like the characters from The Cube). I started with the actual names used in the movie, but there's not enough so I just used famous prisons.

San Quentin
Holloway
Kazan
Rennes
Alderson
Leavenworth
Alcatraz
Folsom
Guantanamo
posted by utsutsu at 1:55 PM on October 31, 2007


I like weapons-grade pandemonium's Who's On First names, but I'd use "Naturally" instead of "Who's wife"
posted by winston at 2:10 PM on October 31, 2007


Failed Programming of UPN:

Pig Sty
Platypus Man
The Mullets
Marker
Live Shot
The Watcher
Homeboys in outer Space
Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer
Shasta McNasty
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 2:21 PM on October 31, 2007


Alito
Kennedy
Scalia
Ginsburg
Roberts
Souter
Breyer
Stevens
Thomas
posted by casarkos at 2:24 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


Choose among the names of Seattle's many sister cities. E.g:
Bergen
Galway
Kobe
Limbe
Mazatlan
Mombasa
Nantes
Perugia
Reyjavic
Tashkent
posted by wryly at 2:37 PM on October 31, 2007


Counterprogram, I say. The Boy Scout motto says that a scout is:

* Trustworthy,
* Loyal,
* Helpful,
* Friendly,
* Courteous,
* Kind,
* Obedient,
* Cheerful,
* Thrifty,
* Brave,
* Clean,
* and Reverent.

You'll have three in reserve if y'all expand your offices.
posted by kittyprecious at 2:40 PM on October 31, 2007


Futurama:
Bender
Fry
Farnsworth
Wormstrom
Zoidberg
Nibbler
Kif
Scruffy
Zapp Brannigan

Bloom County:
Steve Dallas
Opus
Milo
Lola Granola
Bill the Cat
Binkley
Portnoy
Oliver
Cutter John
posted by MsMolly at 2:40 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


STFU
OMG
WTF
LOL
RTFM
YMMV
FFS
GYOB
DTMFA

The last two being the MeFi specials.
posted by genghis at 3:41 PM on October 31, 2007 [2 favorites]


Shakespearean Tragedies:

Othello
Coriolanus
Macbeth
Hamlet
King Lear
Julius Caesar
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Cymbeline
posted by Electrius at 4:43 PM on October 31, 2007


I guess I'm late, but:

Bell Sweet (suite) for the large conference room
Cayenne
Habanero
Pasilla
Poblano
Kalia
Pimiento
Scotch Bonnet
Sonoran
posted by WaterSprite at 4:58 PM on October 31, 2007


New York City
Chicago
Los Angeles
Philadelphia
DC
Miami
Houston
Minneapolis-St.Paul
Seattle
posted by onepapertiger at 6:03 PM on October 31, 2007


Knights of the Round Table - Galahad Room, etc.
Lord of the Rings - Gandalf Room, etc.
Star Wars Rooms - Kenobi Room, etc.
posted by perpetualstroll at 8:39 PM on October 31, 2007


How about seattle nightclubs/concert venues?

Triple Door
Chop Suey
Showbox
Gorge
Paramount
Neumos
Moore
Crocodile
Woodland Park Zoo

(or whatever venues you prefer)
posted by freshgroundpepper at 8:58 PM on October 31, 2007


Satan
Diablo
Devil
Abbadon
Beelzebub
Lucifer
Belial
Iblis
Asmodai
posted by spiderskull at 9:03 PM on October 31, 2007


Hmm, how about 'Imitable' and 'Disposed' so that if asked where John Doe is, you can say, 'Oh, he's in Imitable' or 'Meh. He's in Disposed.'

Answers the question, and satisfies any colleague-snarkiness you might wish to vent. Go with funky spelling to trip up the n00bs.

Dolent
Genuous
Sipid
Vidious
Fantile
Bred
Ept
Ane
Frahuman

Might get tedious though.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 9:03 PM on October 31, 2007 [1 favorite]


For Seattle?

Smack
Horse
Junk
Dope
China White
Black Tar
Red Eagle
Blanco
Old Steve
posted by arruns at 9:30 PM on October 31, 2007


Oh.
God.
Oh, God.
Yes.
Oh God, yes!
Oh, yeah, right there.
Oh God. Oh YES!
Yes! Yes! YES!
Apex Room.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:33 PM on October 31, 2007


Just rip off some names of Culture ships.
posted by markdj at 3:31 AM on November 1, 2007


From www.despair.com:

Agony
Apathy
Blame
Burnout
Defeat
Disservice
Failure
Futility
Incompetence

...and then you'd have pictures to put on the walls :)
posted by flutable at 4:14 AM on November 1, 2007


From World of Warcraft - The Classes
Druid
Hunter
Mage
Rogue
Shaman
Paladin
Priest
Warrior
Warlock
posted by ptm at 4:49 AM on November 2, 2007 [1 favorite]


Atum
Shu
Tefnut
Geb
Nut
Isis
Osiris
Nepthys
Set
posted by eritain at 12:38 PM on November 2, 2007


1. Doom
2. Tekken
3. Katamari
4. Bandicoot
5. Lemming
6. Tetris
7. Sonic
8. Turismo
9. Sim
posted by brain cloud at 2:41 PM on November 2, 2007


Deriving from the last one, you could go with:

Donkey Kong
Link (or Zelda, for gender diversity)
Mario
Master Chief
Mega Man
Pac-Man
Pitfall Harry
Q-Bert
Sonic

Maybe a Street Fighter character... Ryu I guess is the quintessential one, although it'd be hard to pronounce correctly.

I just like the idea of giant character cut-outs by the entrance of each room.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:06 PM on November 3, 2007


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